The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/22/2022

Each day Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers that are either a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) or have been verified as credible by MBFC. Further, we review each fact check for accuracy before publishing. We fact-check the fact-checkers and let you know their bias. When appropriate we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other
Fact Checker bias rating Codes: Red = Right-Leaning, Green = Least Biased, Blue = Left-Leaning, Black = Unrated by MBFC

Claim via Social Media: A photo shows “NATO resupplying Ukrainian farmers anti-tank supplies.”

PolitiFact rating: False (A viral photo of a helicopter airlifting a tractor predates Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine. An Indian tractor manufacturer posted it on Twitter in November 2020.)

Viral image of helicopter lifting tractor does not show NATO ‘resupplying Ukrainian farmers’

Claim via Social Media: TV personalities such as Shark Tank investors, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz endorsed CBD gummies; CBD gummies have numerous health benefits

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (TV personalities such as Shark Tank investors, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz didn’t endorse or sell any CBD gummies products.)

Health benefits of CBD gummies are unsupported by scientific evidence; Shark Tank and other TV personalities didn’t endorse them

Claim by Michael Gableman (R): Five Wisconsin cities received money for the 2020 election from Mark Zuckerberg, which amounted to “a wave of massive election bribery.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (The grant money went to more than 200 cities in Wisconsin, including many Republican ones, not just the five heavily Democratic ones mentioned.)

Courts have repeatedly upheld grants Gableman says amount to ‘massive election bribery’

Claim via Social Media: Kiev regime was covertly preparing an offensive operation against Donbass

Lead Stories rating: False (Distorts Plan)

Fact Check: These Documents Do NOT Confirm Kyiv Was Preparing an Offensive Operation Against Donbas

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Encephalitis caused by Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (No evidence)

No evidence that Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine causes encephalitis, health experts say

(International: United Kingdom): Claim by Labour party: The Conservatives cut the army from 98,000 personnel in 2010 to 72,500 in 2021 – a reduction of over 25,000.

Full Fact rating: Mostly False (72,500 represents the planned army size by 2025, not the actual army size in 2021. In 2021 at its smallest the army had 76,348 full-time trade-trained personnel—around 21,650 fewer than in 2010.)

Labour graph showing reduction in army size is misleading – Full Fact

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